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¶11. Fig. II.23 is the symbol for the interaction gate and its inverse.
Figure¶12. The mirror (indicatedinteraction gate is be used to deflect a ball’scan compute
15. Universal: The by a solid dash) can universal because it path (a), introduce a
sboth AND and introduce a delay (c), and realize nontrivial crossover (d).
ideways shift (b), NOT. ¶13. Interconnections: However, we must make provisions for arbitrary
interconnections in a planar grid. So need to implement signal crossover
and control timing. Figure 16. The switch gate and its inverse. Input signal x is routed to one of two output paths depending on
the value of the control signal, C. Figure 12. (a) Balls of radius l/sqrt(2) traveling on a unit grid. (b) Right-angle elastic collision between two
CHAPTER II. PHYSICS OF COMPUTATION
Figure 14 Billiard ball model realization of the interaction gate.
All of the above requirements are met by introducing, in addition to collisions between two balls, collisions
between a ball and a fixed plane mirror. In this way, one can easily deflect the trajectory of a ball (Figure
15a), shift it sideways (Figure 15b), introduce a delay of an arbitrary number of time steps (Figure 1 Sc), and
guarantee correct signal crossover (Figure 15d). Of course, no special precautions need be taken for trivial
crossover, where the logic or the timing are such that two balls cannot possibly be present at the same
moment at the crossover point (cf. Figure 18 or 12a). Thus, in the billiard ball model a conservative-logic
wire is realized as a potential ball path, as determined by the mirrors.
Note that, since balls have finite diameter, both gates and wires require a certain clearance in order to
function properly. As a consequence, the metric of the space in which its inverse. is embedded (here, we are
Figure 13. (a) The interaction gate and (b) the circuit
considering igureEuclidean plane) is interaction gate and (b) its inverse.” (Fredkin &
F the II.23: “(a) The reflected i...
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